DCFS sees record-breaking number of adoptions from foster care
Posted on 11/8/2018 11:28:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is celebrating a record-breaking number of adoptions from foster care, with 912 children finding homes during the 2018 federal fiscal year. It’s an 18% increase from last year. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters credits additional staffing and families willing to provide more than one child with a home.

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Delinquent parents given a second chance with new DCFS program
Posted on 8/28/2018 10:18:00 AM.

DCFS is offering a second chance to delinquent dads and moms who’ve had their driver’s license revoked for not paying child support. The “Back on the Road” program allows you to pay a smaller portion of your back owed debts so you can get behind the wheel again.

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Audit: Number of dead people receiving SNAP sees drastic drop
Posted on 3/26/2018 4:53:00 PM.

The Department of Children and Family Services has seen a huge decrease in the number of dead people getting food stamps after implementing a successful new program in partnership with the Department of Health that helps identify recipients who’ve died.

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DCFS report shows 77% increase in juvenile human trafficking victims
Posted on 3/1/2018 11:58:00 AM.
A state Department of Children and Family Services report finds there has been a 77% increase in the amount of juvenile human trafficking victims aged 12 or less. Juveniles account for over 52% of the 681 identified victims in 2017.
Author of the report Walter Fahr says part of the increase has to do with better identification methods.
"There's been a lot more focus on human trafficking at both the adult and juvenile level. And this is being reflected on people reporting this."
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DCFS launches Safe Haven Facility Locator website to prevent newborn abandonment
Posted on 10/17/2017 3:22:00 AM.

The state Department of Children and Family Services has posted an online mapping tool called Safe Haven Facility Locator in an effort to prevent newborn abandonment. Child Protective Services Program Manager Mona Michelli says a mother can visit  louisianasafehaven.com to find a place where they can give up a child less than 60 days old.

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DCFS: Number of babies exposed to drugs in the womb triples from 2008 to 2016
Posted on 9/20/2017 12:12:00 PM.

The State Department of Children and Family Services reports that the number of babies born in Louisiana who are exposed to alcohol and drugs while in the womb has tripled from 2008 to 2016. Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare Rhenda Hodnett says last year, that number reached nearly 1,700.

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DCFS receives grant to increase child welfare workers
Posted on 9/19/2017 11:06:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has received a grant to increase the number of child welfare workers. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says her staff has decreased by 600 employees over the last 10 years and this is an opportunity to address the high turnover rate.

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Harvey survivors head home to Texas
Posted on 9/6/2017 5:30:00 AM.

Hurricane Harvey survivors sheltering in Louisiana are heading back home, as the Department of Children and Family Services is closing the shelters in both Shreveport and Alexandria. Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says Texas authorities are ready to welcome residents back to the Lone Star State.

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DCFS announces $530K in child support payments made through MoneyGram this year
Posted on 8/21/2017 10:40:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services announces over half a million dollars of child support payments have been paid through MoneyGram in the first six months of the year. Child Support Enforcement Director Lydia Scales says they’ve seen an increase in participation after allowing electronic payments.

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Audit uncovers shortcomings in foster care program
Posted on 8/14/2017 12:01:00 PM.

An audit of the state’s foster care program unveiled some not-so-surprising shortcomings. Karen Leblanc with the legislative auditor’s office says they found not all foster care providers had the required criminal background checks. They either had no check, or they were not completed in a timely manner.

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